A legend in the world of horror fiction, HP Lovecraft’s
tales of inescapable cosmic horror are some of the most influential stories in
the history of the genre. Alongside his contemporaries Robert Chambers and
William Hope Hodgson, Lovecraft’s work provided the blueprint for much of what modern
horror still mines its screams from—themes of crushing darkness, unseen elder
gods and indescribable terrors, and unreliable narrators whose perceptions has
been permanently misshapen by the many monstrous things they’ve encountered.
However, as influential as Lovecraft has been on
authors as popular as Stephen King and Hellraiser scribe Clive Barker, the
writer’s work has proven infamously difficult to realize on film. It’s largely
down to how much his work relies on characters encountering monstrosities so
horrific they defy all logic and explanation, things so strange they drive people
mad at the sight of them—which is a challenge for any director to put onscreen.
Despite this evident impediment, over the decades some
seriously impressive cinematic efforts have been inspired by Lovecraft’s work,
as evidenced in this list of 10 chilling horrors inspired by, and in some cases
directly adapted from, HP Lovecraft.